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On the Transformation of the Time-Drenched Body: Kinaesthetic Capability-Consciousness and Recalcitrant Holding Patterns

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Drawing upon Husserlian phenomenological methods and findings throughout, I begin by briefly considering the role of the body in explicit, presentificational memory and in recognizing familiar types of objects and situations, then I review and extend Husserl's account of the formation of bodily memory, focusing on kinaesthetic capability-consciousness (including such themes as 'making-a-body' and the bodily 'how-of-the-receivingness' standing in correlation to the 'how-of-the-givenness' of what we are experiencing) as well as addressing bodily 'amnesia'. Finally, I turn to the formation of 'recalcitrant holding patterns' (persisting patterns of bodily tension one cannot voluntarily release) and propose some practical, phenomenologically- inspired strategies that can shift such patterns. In this way the 'time-drenched' body -- the body saturated, permeated by time -- becomes a body that is not only suffused with and shaped by its past, but already bears the seeds of an open future where something other than the automatic reiteration of a sedimented past is possible.
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Keywords: Husserl; bodily memory; kinaesthetic consciousness; sensory-motor amnesia; world-openness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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